President Trump speaks at Mississippi rally

9:15 p.m. ET, October 2, 2018

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8:55 p.m. ET, October 2, 2018

Trump calls the midterms a referendum on him: "Pretend I’m on the ballot"

President Trump, painting the midterms in personal terms, told supporters tonight "Pretend I’m on the ballot," saying "this is also a referendum about me."

"We need more Republican votes," he told the rally in Southaven, Mississippi. . Citing the thin GOP majority in Congress he said, “if somebody has a cold and stays home, we don’t have a majority. That’s how bad it is."

Trump claimed if he was in the ticket, everyone would vote and it would be a landslide. He observed, "I’m not in the ticket. But I am on the ticket, because this is also a referendum about me."

He added, "I want you to vote. Pretend I’m on the ballot. And don’t worry, we’ll be on the ballot in two years and we will do a landslide again."

8:46 p.m. ET, October 2, 2018

President Trump on Kavanaugh: "I don’t even know him....It’s not like I want to protect my friend."

President Trump, while attempting to make a case that Brett Kavanaugh was a deserving nominee, told a rally tonight in Mississippi, “I don’t even know him. I met him for the first time a few weeks ago. It’s not like I want to protect my friend.”

8:35 p.m. ET, October 2, 2018

After mocking Ford, Trump tells rally: "Think of your son. Think of your husband."

President Trump continued his line of argument that men are under attack in America, not once mentioning accusers or victims of sexual assault — or daughters, of which he has two.

“Think of your son. Think of your husband,” Trump said, noting that he, too, has had “many false allegations” against him. 

He launched into a riff about a young man who got a job “at IBM or General Motors,” but is falsely accused. “What do I do Mom? What do I do Mom?” Trump said, role-playing a conversation between a son and mother.

“It’s a damn sad situation,” Trump said.

This comes after Trump said earlier in the day at the White House: “it’s a very scary time for young men in America.” 

9:18 p.m. ET, October 2, 2018

Trump mocks Christine Blasey Ford's sexual assault testimony at Mississippi rally 

President Donald Trump for the first time directly mocked Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee at a rally in Mississippi, casting doubt on her testimony about her alleged sexual assault.

Trump imitated Ford during her testimony before the crowd, mocking her for not knowing the answer to questions such as how she got to the party. 

“'I had one beer.' Well do you think it was… 'Nope. It was one beer.' Oh good. How did you get home? 'I don’t remember.' How did you get there? 'I don’t remember.' Where is the place? 'I don’t remember.' How many years ago was it? 'I don’t know. I don’t know. I don’t know.'"

The crowd began to cheer and laugh, as the President continued imitating Ford recounting the night she says she was nearly raped.

"What neighborhood was it in? 'I don’t know.' Where’s the house? 'I don’t know. Upstairs. Downstairs. I don’t know. But I had one beer that’s the only thing I remember,'" Trump continued.

"And a man’s life is in tatters," Trump said. "A man’s life is shattered."

Trump then called Democrats against Kavanaugh “evil people” who are out to “destroy people.”

Trump also reiterated his earlier claims Tuesday that nowadays you are “guilty until proven innocent.”


8:15 p.m. ET, October 2, 2018

Trump rally crowd chants, "We want Kavanaugh!"

President Trump said Democrats were trying to destroy Judge Brett Kavanaugh, prompting an extended "We want Kavanaugh!" chant from the Mississippi crowd.

8:03 p.m. ET, October 2, 2018

NOW: Trump holds rally in Mississippi

President Trump just took the stage at his rally in Southaven, Mississippi, to chants of "USA! USA!" He told the crowd 2020 was looking to be easy, then launched into a list of his accomplishments, touching on the economy, veterans and America's military.